Hant's Harbour

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Hant's Harbour
Official seal of Hant's Harbour
Hant's Harbour is located in Newfoundland
Hant's Harbour
Hant's Harbour
Location of Hant's Harbour in Newfoundland
Coordinates: 48°00′55″N 53°15′45″W / 48.01528°N 53.26250°W / 48.01528; -53.26250Coordinates: 48°00′55″N 53°15′45″W / 48.01528°N 53.26250°W / 48.01528; -53.26250
Country  Canada
Province  Newfoundland and Labrador
Population (2011)
 • Total 346
Time zone Newfoundland Time (UTC-3:30)
 • Summer (DST) Newfoundland Daylight (UTC-2:30)
Postal Code A0B 1Y0
Area code(s) 709
Telephone Exchanges 586, 591
Hant's Harbour Lighthouse
Location Hant's Harbour
Bay de Verde Peninsula
Coordinates 48°01′18.6″N 53°15′16.3″W / 48.021833°N 53.254528°W / 48.021833; -53.254528
Year first constructed 1881 (first)
Year first lit 1957 (current)
Foundation concrete base
Construction wooden tower (first and current)
Tower shape octagonal prism tower with balcony and lantern
square drustum tower with balcony and lantern (current)
Markings / pattern white tower, red lantern
Height 9 metres (30 ft)
Focal height 20 metres (66 ft)
Original lens eighth-order Fresnel lens
Light source solar power
Range 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)
Characteristic Iso W 6s.
Admiralty number H0504
CHS number CCG 470
NGA number 1728
ARLHS number CAN-688
Managing agent Canadian Coast Guard[1][2]

The community of Hant's Harbour (48°00′55″N 53°15′45″W / 48.01528°N 53.26250°W / 48.01528; -53.26250 NST) is an incorporated town having a population of 346 (2011 Census) located on the east side of Trinity Bay on the Bay de Verde Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada.


Hant's Harbour is a small fishing village built around a small harbour which opens on the north to Trinity Bay. The harbour waters are able to accommodate vessels up to 100 tons, the landscapes which surround it are low hills which are rocky and barren.

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During King William's War, the village was destroyed in the Avalon Peninsula Campaign. Like most of the early settlements around the coast of Newfoundland, the population grew very slowly during the eighteenth century.

Hant's Harbour early residents were mostly of the Church of England, during the eighteenth century they depended upon the services of clergy on the irregular visits of the missionaries for the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel, stationed at Trinity.

The rise and rapid growth of Methodism in Hant's Harbour caused the Church of England community to remain small, its members being served the clergy stationed at nearby parishes. In the early twentieth century the Salvation Army came to Hant's Harbour and gradually built up a substantial membership, and constructed a citadel there.


  • 1697 - Abbe Baudoin reports that there are four houses at Hant's Harbour.
  • 1801 - Five families are listed as living in Hant's Harbour.
  • 1813 - T.E. and Mary Pelley die. The gravestone recording this still stands.
  • 1820’s – The first known church is built in the community.
  • 1830’s – The population consists of 400 people.
  • 1847 – Ten vessels carrying 271 men are engaged in the seal hunt.
  • 1853 – Eight vessels totalling 767 tons carry 294 men to the seal hunt.
  • 1868 – 1870 – A second and much larger church is built, serving the circuit until 1907 when it is destroyed to build a new one.
  • 1871 – Lovell’s Newfoundland Dictionary lists 81 of the 104 householders in Hant’s Harbour as fisherman. Two others are listed as farmers.
  • 1880’s – The population grows to its peak of about 750 residents.
  • 1961 – Fire destroys the vegetation which formerly covered the low hills which surround the harbour.


Relatively mild winters with considerable variation in snow cover. Heavy rainfalls from October through December. Summers cooled by low clouds and fogs near coasts, considerably brighter and warmer inland.


From the beginning the economy of Hant's Harbour was based mainly on the fisheries, until the nineteenth century when it was the inshore cod fishery and the Labrador fishery during the latter half of the century. This was also an important source of seasonal income during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • Willow Tree Museum
  • Hant’s Harbour Lighthouse
  • Willow Tree Fishing Stage
  • Willow Tree Site
  • Little Islands Hiking Trail

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